Did you know that you can get a free dedicated SSL certificate for your e-commerce site with every Skookum Monkey hosting package? Regardless of what type of website you have, it is very important that your site’s content is secure. We’ll explain why it is important to have an SSL certificate and the difference between and dedicated SSL certificate and a shared SSL certificate.
What Is an SSL Certificate?
In very basic terms, an SSL certificate authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts data prior to it being sent over the internet. The information can only be decrypted by the server to which the certificate is attached.
Why Is an SSL Certificate Necessary?
A lot of people think that you only need an SSL certificate if you have an e-commerce site. The fact is, your site probably stores user data even if you don’t sell anything. This is especially true if your website is WordPress-based. Every time someone leaves a comment on your blog and they enter their email address, that content gets stored in your databases.
Another reason is that Google wants you to have one. They are trying to push everyone into securing their data and they are doing so by ranking website with an SSL certificate higher than websites without one.
Finally, when people see the green lock in their browsers, they automatically feel safer and have more confidence in the brand with which they are interacting.
What Is the Difference Between a Dedicated SSL Certificate and a Shared SSL Certificate?
A shared SSL certificate is one that is attached to one server or IP address and is shared across domains hosted on that server or using that IP address. It is just as secure as a dedicated SSL certificate. However, the downside, is that you cannot use your unique domain name with a shared SSL certificate. Instead, the URL of your website would look something like: https://hostingcompany.com/mywebsite/
This is not ideal because you cannot use your unique identity. You want to use your unique identity, especially if you have an e-commerce site.
A dedicated SSL certificate means that it is installed only on your own domain name and you get a dedicated IP address. This is ideal because people will never question whether or not they have wandered into some unwanted territory or if they are visiting your website.